Mouthwash can be helpful to your dental hygiene, but only when used correctly. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to using mouthwash.

Mouthwash Dos

  • Soothe Canker Sores: Mouthwash can detoxify areas with sores, thereby reducing the number of bacteria that can irritate the wound. If you have canker sores, an antibacterial mouthwash can help soothe them.
  • Prevent Gum Disease: Food and debris lodged in-between teeth, and gums can create plaque in tooth sockets. The use of an antibacterial mouthwash helps prevent this bacteria buildup.
  • Cavity Control: A fluoride rinse can prevent cavities from forming and also prevent periodontal disease. If you are prone to cavities using a fluoride mouthwash can help prevent them.
  • Stop Plaque Build-up: Dental plaque is a sticky bio-film caused by bacteria. Mouthwash can reduce dental plaque before it becomes tartar.

Mouthwash Don’ts

  • Do Not Swallow: It is not advisable to use mouthwash for children under 5-years-old. Swallowing a significant amount of it can be a health risk, and the child may need a doctor.
  • Don’t Use Alcohol-Based: Many pieces of research have confirmed that using alcohol-based mouthwash can cause oral cancer.
  • Don’t Veil Bad Breath: Mouthwash can help mask and prevent bad breath. However, bad breath can have various causes, so do not neglect proper dental care.
  • Mouthwash Is Not Enough: Using different types of mouthwash is not enough in itself. You can combine brushing and flossing with it to have a better oral health result.

In conclusion, we suggest following the above recommendations when using mouthwash in your daily routine. If your reason for using mouthwash is to cover up mouth odour, do not hesitate to book a consultation at HBDS to find and treat the cause of it.

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